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Avoid Falling For Misinformation Online By Being Your Own Devil's Advocate

Misinformation is everywhere online, and it’s easy to accept and fall for if you don’t make an effort to challenge your own beliefs from time to time. Playing your own devil’s advocate can help.


Exploring The Myth Of The Scientific Vs. Artistic Mind

It’s a stereotype, but many of us have made the assumption that scientists are a bit rigid and less artistic than others. Artists, on the other hand, are often seen as being less rational than the rest of us. Sometimes described as the left side of the brain versus the right side — or simply logical thinking versus artistic creativity — the two are often seen as polar opposites.


It's OK To Swallow Your Chewing Gum

You may not want to swallow your chewing gum, but if you did, it wouldn’t kill you. It wouldn’t stay in your stomach for seven years, either. The dangers of swallowing your gum have been greatly exaggerated.


The Biggest Lies Car Manufacturers And Dealerships Tell To Sell You A Car

Dealerships and car manufacturers are already less than honest (if we’re generous) and wading through misinformation just makes it exponentially worse. We can help, though. Here are some of the most misleading, dishonest or outright false things you’ll hear when buying a car, and the truth behind them.


10 Stubborn Food Myths Debunked By Science

Is milk really good for your bones? Are all salty snacks unhealthy? Do you need to drink two litres of water per day? These are just some scientific food “facts” that aren’t as concrete as you might think. We talked to a group of nutritionists and asked them to share the food myths they find most irritating and explain why people cling to them. Here’s what they said.


Don't Stress About Unplugging Your Wall Chargers When They're Not In Use

There’s nothing wrong with trying to save energy and lower your power bill, but unplugging your smartphone, tablet, and laptop chargers when they aren’t charging isn’t doing much. They’re not the energy vampires some people think they are.


62 Popular Myths And Misconceptions That Refuse To Die [Infographic]

As the old adage goes, you shouldn’t believe everything you see — especially on the internet. This infographic from Information Is Beautiful gathers 62 widespread misconceptions, myths and fallacies that the world stubbornly refuses to let go of. How many did you think were true?


This Video Debunks 10 Misconceptions About Hiccup Cures

Everyone seems to have a special cure for the hiccups, but there is very little scientific evidence to support most of them. This video reveals which remedies don’t quite add up and explains why.


You Can Convince People To Vaccinate--But Not (Just) By Dispelling Myths

There’s more than one reason to skip vaccinations, and not all of them fit into our stereotypes of how anti-vaxxers think. A new analysis identifies four reasons people skip the shots, and how best to convince each to reconsider.


Five Magpie Myths Debunked

Magpie season is currently in full swing (or should that be swoop?) with dozens of parks and playgrounds descending into avian war zones. But just because something is scary doesn’t mean you should believe everything you hear. Here are five bogus magpie myths that the nation needs to debunk.


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